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7 Tips for Protecting Your Family Against West Nile Virus

You already know Combat® Baits and Gels help prevent ants and cockroaches in your home. So what does Combat have to do with controlling West Nile Virus? Like mosquitoes, cockroaches also spread disease. Our experience dealing with disease-carrying insects, like cockroaches, gives us insight that can help protect you and your loved ones from contracting a variety of dangerous, mosquito-borne diseases.

According to the CDC, 2012 was the second worst year on record for mosquitoes. That’s a troubling statistic, especially if your goal is to keep your family safe from West Nile Virus.

Mosquitoes need three things to survive: food, water and shelter. Eliminate all three from around your home and you’ll reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

Follow these seven tips to help eliminate the mosquito population around your home:

  • Eliminate stagnant water from around the house. If you have birdbaths, ponds and small non-chlorinated plastic swimming pools, replace the water at least once a week. 
  • Vegetation and trash, especially when it’s located near standing water, is a haven for mosquitoes. Ensure old tires, unused buckets and other possible water containers are disposed of, and vegetation is well trimmed or removed.
  • Check for trapped water in canvas and plastic tarps such as those used to cover pools, boats and gas grills. Refit the covers so that water is able to drain away after rain.
  • Patch, fix or eliminate leakage from hoses, cisterns, septic tanks and other leaky water sources.
  • If you see pools of stagnant water near your property, report it to your local public health office.
  • Avoid being outdoors during dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must be outside during active periods use a trusted mosquito repellent. The most effective currently available contains the active ingredient N,N-diethylbenzamide (DEET) in concentrations up to about 35%.

Take some time and explore the Combat website. You’ll find tons of great tips, advice, and helpful information that you can use to protect your home from unwanted pests.